Rabbids Land is a virtual board game in which up to four players make their way around a theme park themed board, amassing enough trophies from taking part in mini-games and quizzes, before heading back to the centre spot to claim their victory. The mini-games in which only two players compete (or co-operate, depending on the game) revolve around one player using the GamePad, and one wielding the Wii Remote and Nunchuck with each player doing something different. For example one of our favourites, 'Wet The Bed' has the GamePad player tracing shapes on the screen to make various flowers bloom - while the Wii Remote player runs around rubbing out the outlines to screw up their opponent.
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Perhaps the only downside is that the mini-games only involve two players chosen at random and are dependent on you landing on the mini-game squares, so the game seems to have a much slower pace than the likes of Mario Party, and some children may get a bit bored sitting around waiting for their turn. The game can also seem a bit on the harsh side at times, with some squares having no other function than to deduct trophies from your Rabbid, which may cause some upset.
The Rabbids themselves have their own brand of humour that tends to revolve around over-the-top, slapstick violence and 'hilarious' bodily functions, which young kids are sure to appreciate. Although getting your child to quieten down after the quiz question that asks how long a human must fart for to produce an explosion on the same scale as an atomic bomb, or the mini-game in which you're lifting up the creature's skirts to find matching pairs of pants may take a while...
If your child enjoys board games - either virtual ones like Mario Party, or even real-life ones, then Rabbids Land will likely go down well. It's worth noting though that the game is only really worth a purchase if you have someone else to play with, as there's not much in the way of a single-player mode.
Somewhat strangely, Rabbids Land is officially rated as a PG because it 'contains scenes of animated creatures inside a washing machine' - which has to be up there with the oddest descriptions ever. As far as the game goes, though, Rabbids Land has nothing phenomenally untoward at all - there is the occasional act of violence from the power-ups, such as a rather extreme explosion from the bomb, which causes a veritable nuclear explosion, but each and every time the Rabbid is left unscathed (if perhaps a little singed). What may prove more of a problem is getting your child to stop laughing at the game that involves lifting up Rabbids skirts to find matching pairs of pants...
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii U